#1 Bruins 7-0 in Pac-10 for First Time Since 1993 With 5-0 Win Against #21 Cal
April 6, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Senior Anjelica Selden fanned 13 and the top three hitters in the Bruin lineup went 7-for-11, including a 3-for-4 effort from freshman Katie Schroeder, as #1 UCLA improved to 7-0 in Pac-10 play for the first time since 1993 with a 5-0 victory against #21 California on Sunday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins move to 35-3 overall, while the Golden Bears fall to 32-15 and 1-5 in league action. On four occasions in 22 years of Pac-10 softball, UCLA has won its first seven league games, going 7-0 in 1989 and 1991. The Bruins started the 1993 season at 8-0.
Selden became the 15th Division I pitcher to reach 1,300 strikeouts on her punchout of Sanoe Kekahuna to end the top of the sixth. The senior added another strikeout in the seventh to end the game with 1,301. Selden allowed five hits and did not a walk a batter in the complete-game effort to improve to 17-2 on the season.
Schroeder produced her team-high 14th multiple-hit game, while senior Krista Colburn, junior Amanda Kamekona and freshman Samantha Camuso also added two-hit contests. Kamekona hit a three-run homer in the third for the only runs the Bruins needed, while junior Jennifer Schroeder provided some insurance in the sixth with a two-run, two-out single.
The Bruins had a chance to get on the board in the bottom of the first, but were turned away by California pitcher Marissa Drewrey. Colburn drew a one-out walk and Kamekona singled her to third. Kamekona then stole second to move into scoring position, but Drewrey retired freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore on a strikeout and sophomore Megan Langenfeld on a grounder to end the inning.
The Golden Bears left a pair on base in both the second and the third, with Selden ending threats in both innings on strikeouts.
In the bottom of the third, the Bruins got on the board on one swing of the bat. With one out, Katie Schroeder doubled and Colburn followed by legging out a pop-fly double to move Schroeder to third. Kamekona then launched her team-leading seventh home run of the season to right-center to put UCLA ahead 3-0.
That would be all the run support Selden needed, as she struck out three in the second and third and a pair in the fifth and sixth.
In the sixth, UCLA added two more runs. Langenfeld drew a walk to lead things off and was pinch-run for by freshman Lauren Mirabal. A single up the middle by Camuso put two on, but Camuso would be forced at second on a fielder's choice groundout off the bat of freshman Monica Harrison. One out later, Harrison stole second to move into scoring position and Jennifer Schroeder drove her and Mirabal in on a single to right to make it 5-0.
Drewrey went the distance for Cal, allowing five runs, 11 hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings. Katie Vickers had two of the Golden Bears' five hits.
After finishing up a perfect 7-0 Pac-10 homestand, the Bruins head out on the road for their next eight league games. On Friday, UCLA, the top-ranked team in the ESPN/USA Softball poll, and Arizona State, the #1 squad in the USA Today/NFCA rankings, will battle in Tempe at 7 p.m. The Bruins then move on to Tucson to visit two-time defending national champion Arizona on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's 3 p.m. game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net West (in Southern California). Sunday's 12 p.m. game, as well all UCLA softball contests, will feature Gametracker on UCLABruins.com.